Arauco NA names Russ Jordan new president, other leadership changes
October 19, 2023 | 4:47 pm CDT

Pictured (left to right): Russ Jordan, president of Arauco North America, John Atkinson, vice president of Sales, and Matt Swinnie, vice president of Operations.

ATLANTA –  Arauco announced that Russ Jordan has been named president of Arauco North America, reporting to Pablo Franzini, the president of Arauco’s Global Wood Business.

Jordan is in his 19th year with Arauco and recently served as vice president of Sales, Marketing, and Logistics. During his tenure in North America, he has held numerous leadership roles for all of Arauco’s commercial segments. "Russ' leadership has been crucial in establishing Arauco's longstanding customer relationships," Franzini said. "We are excited about the future for our partners and our North American team."

In conjunction with Jordan's appointment, John Atkinson has been named vice president of Sales. Atkinson, formerly the National Panels Sales director, just completed 20 years with Arauco, serving in various commercial leadership roles.

Additionally, Matt Swinnie has been named vice president of Operations. Swinnie recently served as vice president of Human Resources, Environmental, Health & Safety, and has held other leadership roles within operations and finance during his 12-year tenure with Arauco.
"I am extremely excited to have John and Matt lead our North American Sales and Operations teams," said Jordan. "Both are outstanding leaders who will continue to dedicate relentless efforts to better serve our customers, our suppliers, and our colleagues."
Arauco is a global manufacturer of forest products, including a comprehensive selection of composite panels, premium plywood, millwork, lumber, and wood pulp. The company operates multiple production facilities in both North and South America and ships to more than 3,500 destinations throughout North America. Arauco North America's corporate office is in Atlanta, Georgia.

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